Wiltshire

Sian O'Callaghan murder: Police search field

Sian O'Callaghan
Image caption Sian O'Callaghan was murdered by taxi driver Christopher Halliwell

Police have been searching a field in Wiltshire, trying to find items belonging to murdered Swindon woman Sian O'Callaghan.

Wiltshire Police said it followed information the 22-year-old's property may be in the area, six miles to the east of the town.

Miss O'Callaghan was killed by taxi driver Christopher Halliwell. He is serving 25 years for her murder.

Police will confirm on Thursday morning if the search is to continue.

In October 2012 Halliwell was jailed at Bristol Crown Court after admitting Miss O'Callaghan's murder.

Her body was found near the Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire.

Following his arrest, he led detectives to the body of Becky Godden in Gloucestershire but was not prosecuted over her death after a judge ruled detectives had ignored arrest guidelines.

Image caption Officers searched the verge of a road between Bourton and Bishopstone

"We can confirm that officers from Wiltshire's Major Crime Investigation Team have been searching a field between the villages of Bourton and Bishopstone," a police spokeswoman said.

"The searches have not found any of the outstanding property at this stage.

"This is not related to the investigation into the murder of Becky Godden.

"We are not prepared to discuss this further," she said.

Police would not confirm which items detectives were searching for but officers have previously said a bag, mobile phone and jewellery have not been found.

Image caption Christopher Halliwell pleaded guilty to Sian O'Callaghan's murder

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